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Healthwatch wants patient involvement at the heart of plans for future of Hinchingbrooke

24/05/2016

Hinchingbrooke HospitalOur Chair Val Moore went to yesterday’s Hinchingbrooke Hospital Board meeting, to respond to the outline business plan for a merger with Peterborough & Stamford NHS Foundation Trust (PSHFT).

We want to make sure local people have the chance to be involved in decisions about the hospital’s future.  It is important they can shape the ways in which their voices are heard in the day to day business of a larger trust, if that is what is eventually approved.

At this meeting the Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Board agreed to develop a full business case for a merger with PSHFT – final decisions will be in the autumn.

Our Chair Val Moore said

“We know this is a complex issue for the Board to consider. However, it is their job to make sure that the hospital provides safe and effective services for local people now and in the future.”

“We welcome the hospital’s commitment to making sure that they talk about their plans in public and answer people’s questions.”

“Local people and clinical staff are passionate about their hospital and its services. They want it to be there when they need it. The Trust has said the merger is not about cutting services at Hinchingbrooke, but making them clinically sustainable. That means being able to attract and pay for staff with the right skills, to provide care now and in the future."

"We have heard first hand that staff and patients are worried about what a merger means for the future of their hospital. They are worried their voices will be lost as Hinchingbrooke is the smaller Trust.” 

We told the hospital that we want to see a plan for patient involvement drawn up as part of the full business case for the merger of the two hospital Trusts. This means

  • proposals to make sure local people are members of the merged Trust;
  • a commitment to principles and activities that promote talking and listening to local people about their experiences of care;
  • routine ways to make sure these are used to inform decision making and develop services; and
  • regular feedback to the Trust Board broken down by hospital site, as well as overall, so we know how care is working at Hinchingbrooke.

We have offered to work with the hospital to help them do this.

If you have a recent experience of care at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, please tell us. It is important that we understand how care is working for people in Cambridgeshire right now. Call us on 01480 420628, email enquiries@healthwatchcambridgeshire.co.uk or tell us online.

Resources:

Papers for Hinchingbrooke Hospital Board Meeting 23 May 2015

To register a comment, or to raise a question on the merger plan, please email: peh-tr.workingtogether@nhs.net

 

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